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10 Binge-Worthy Podcasts for Your Next Road Trip

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10 Binge-Worthy Podcasts for Your Next Road Trip

I much prefer listening to podcasts during road trips over listening to music nowadays.

As much as I love my jam sessions and screaming old Backstreet Boys songs at the top of my lungs, listening to podcasts makes drives feel so much more ~productive~.

Plus, Adam and I have completely different tastes in music, and I always fall asleep to his music during road trips (lol).

You actually have to pay attention when listening to podcasts, so it keeps me awake, and Adam doesn’t have to feel alone while driving!

What I love about podcasts is that you always come out of it learning something new, whether it’s hearing other people’s perspectives on a certain topic or getting to know a slice of history.

Here are some of my favourite binge-worthy podcasts worth listening to during your next road trip!


1. Canadian True Crime

Maybe you don’t want to listen to true crime podcasts while on your road trip to the middle of nowhere, or maybe you do.

Canadian True Crime is my favourite true crime podcast, and I actively keep up with every single episode that comes out.

Kristi Lee and her team do an incredible job of telling true crime stories based in Canada, some of which you may have heard of and some that might be totally news to you.

Everything is told with straight facts, not too much dramatization, and pure respect for other people involved, which I really admire.

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Plus, Kristi just has a great storytelling voice.

Available to stream on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.


2. The Joe Rogan Experience

The Joe Rogan Experience is one of the most famous podcasts out there, and it’s been running since 2009.

Joe often brings on his friends and other guests for chats that can last as long as a few hours, and they’re always interesting.

If you’ve got a couple of hours of driving ahead of you, you can just throw on one of Joe’s podcasts!

What I like about the Joe Rogan Experience is that Joe brings on well-known guests from different backgrounds, so you get to hear people’s unique perspectives.

Exclusively available to stream on on Spotify.


3. I’m Not a Monster

BBC journalist Josh Baker spent four years investigating an American family who became involved with ISIS in I’m Not a Monster.

The podcast is only 10 episodes long, and it’s a fascinating and in-depth look into the whole story.

It’s documentary-style with audio clips and interviews, and it’s extremely well done.

Available to stream on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.


4. Modern Love

The Modern Love podcast is based on a New York Times column of the same name.

Each episode features an essay read by popular actors, and updates from the essayists themselves.

There are stories of all kinds of love, from romantic love to friendship love.

Some stories are not about love at all, but they’re all super interesting to listen to.

There’s also an Amazon Prime Video series based on the column!

Available to stream on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.


5. Death, Sex & Money

Death, Sex & Money talks about exactly what you think it does: death, sex, and money.

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It’s hosted by Anna Sale, and she interviews celebrities, experts, and real people.

The topics can obviously be upsetting at times and you might not agree with every person, but it’s very interesting learning and hearing about other people’s real life stories and experiences.

Available to stream on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.


6. Other People’s Lives

Ever get curious about other people’s lives while people watching?

Then you’ll definitely enjoy the Other People’s Lives podcast.

Joe Santagato and Greg Dybec interview strangers from the internet every week on completely different topics, from fetishists to survivors.

Available to stream on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.


7. Asian Boss Girl

Although Asian Boss Girl is dubbed as a podcast for the modern day Asian-American woman, it’s a great podcast for all women to listen to.

From pap smears to casual sex, Melody Cheng, Helen Wu, and Janet Wang chat about things maybe not everyone is comfortable chatting about with their friends or other people.

It’s kind of like having girl talk, except you’re just listening in on a conversation.

They interview guests of Asian descent and talk about their own experiences as Asian-Americans, but I think the topics they talk about are still relatable to a lot of people.

Available to stream on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.


8. The Dave Chang Show

I’ve become a big fan of Dave Chang after watching both of his series on Netflix.

If you don’t already know who he is, he’s the chef behind the Momofuku restaurants (which has a location in Toronto’s Entertainment District).

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He also has a podcast called the Dave Chang Show, where he talks about the restaurant industry, social issues, and more.

If you’re a foodie, you’ll definitely enjoy Dave’s podcast!

Available to stream on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.


9. Radical Empathy

I’m obsessed with Jubilee Media’s YouTube channel, which features interview-style videos on all kinds of different perspectives from different people.

Jubilee also has a podcast called Radical Empathy, which features interviews with individuals who share their own perspectives and opinions.

I believe it’s important for us to all be open-minded, respect other people’s views (even if we disagree with them), and have our own opinions.

After all, we’re all humans with our own unique experiences!

Available to stream on Spotify.


10. Racist Sandwich

Racist Sandwich is hosted by chef Soleil Ho and journalist Zahir Janmohamed, and it talks all about the politics around race, class, and gender in the food industry.

They interview guests from all kinds of different backgrounds, and you learn something new from every single episode.

Available to stream on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.


More great podcasts for your road trip

These are some other podcasts I love that are more personal to me, so they might not be as interesting to you.

I’m sharing them anyways in case you might be interested!

Vietnamese Boat People

After visiting Israel and learning more about Adam’s Jewish heritage, I’ve made it a goal to learn more about my own heritage.

Both my parents (separately) came as refugees to Canada after the Vietnam War, but neither remembers anything because they came when they were toddlers.

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I don’t speak Cantonese or Vietnamese so I can’t communicate with either of my grandmothers, and so listening to other people’s stories is the only way I can sort of connect to our history.

Tracey Nguyen Mang talks about her own experiences as a Vietnamese boat person and as an immigrant to America, and she interviews other Vietnamese-Americans on their experiences as well.

Even if you’re not ethnically Vietnamese, Vietnamese Boat People is still a fascinating podcast to listen to.

The China History Podcast

My family is ethnically Chinese and Vietnamese (on both sides), which is why I’m also learning more about my heritage on my Chinese side.

I encourage you to also find podcasts about your own heritage, and even to listen to ones about other cultures!

Laszlo Montgomery talks about the history of China in The China History Podcast (dating back thousands of years), and it’s super fascinating.


Best road trip podcasts:

  1. Canadian True Crime
  2. The Joe Rogan Experience
  3. I’m Not a Monster
  4. Modern Love
  5. Death, Sex & Money
  6. Other People’s Lives
  7. Asian Boss Girl
  8. The Dave Chang Show
  9. Radical Empathy
  10. Racist Sandwich

There are so many awesome podcasts out there, no matter what you’re interested in listening to.

Whether it’s current events, sports, or even true crime, you can find tons of podcasts on all kinds of subjects.

Have you listened to any of these podcasts? What are some podcasts you’d recommend for a road trip? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

Planning your next trip? Check out my other posts on travel tips:

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

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